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In 2008 I was introduced to Biomimicry at the GreenBuild conference, when closing speakers E.O. Wilson and Janine Benyus discussed nature's role in our society and the effectiveness of mimicking  how nature works. This is the essence of Biomimicry, seeking more sustainable solutions of emulating nature through the study of how it works. Janine introduced, an open source website where scientist, companies and designers can collaborate through sharing information based on their unique experience, to come up with solutions that mimic nature. This was an eye opening moment where people from around the world can work on solutions which are derived from living organisms performing the same tasks in a more sustainable way.